The Adventure City
Backpacking in Queenstown
Queenstown is a mecca for people backpacking around New Zealand. The combination of year round adventure sports and lively nightlife ensures a steady stream of adventure hungry people backpacking through Queenstown. With the fun comes a price tag and the cost of Queenstown’s activities can take a toll on a backpacker’s travel budget. Many backpackers with time on their side choose to finance their stay in Queenstown by working. This can be a great way to experience everything the town has to offer at a leisurely pace without making a huge dent in the bank account.
Popular places for backpackers to work include ski fields, backpacker accommodation, and bars but you’ll need a work visa to get a job. If you’re just backpacking through Queenstown, figure out what activities you want to do (and can afford to do) before you arrive. If you’re on a super tight budget, there’s still plenty to keep you occupied that won’t cost an arm and a leg. The stunning natural scenery offers tons of scope for cheap (if not free) activities for backpackers in Queenstown with fantastic hiking (or tramping) being an excellent option.
Budget accommodation for backpackers visiting Queenstown is plentiful and cheap with prices starting from 10 Euros per night. This style of accommodation is usually simple, lively, and completely geared towards the needs of those backpacking through Queenstown.
City Breaks in Queenstown
Whether you’re looking for an action packed trip or a relaxed getaway, a Queenstown city break could be just what you’re looking for - whatever the time of year. If your city break in Queenstown is all about getting the adrenalin pumping, you’re in luck. Queenstown is famous world-over for its adventure activities and you can pack your days with all manner of adrenalin fuelled events. When night falls, your Queenstown adventure can move into the many lively bars and clubs that throb with a mainly young, international crowd.
If you’re after a more relaxed Queenstown city break, there’s no shortage of activities to sample. Lake cruises, golf, fishing, walking, vineyard tours, and shopping are just a few of the temping leisure activities available. When it comes to dining out, your options on a city break to Queenstown are plentiful and include a tasty array of cuisines from around the world. Accommodation can be as simple or as plush as you desire with everything from basic campsites to luxurious lakeside resorts available. Bear in mind that summer – particularly early January when many New Zealanders take their annual holidays- can get very busy so booking accommodation well in advance around this time is recommended.
The only real down side to a city break in Queenstown is getting there. Due to New Zealand’s remote location, a short city break in Queenstown is only a realistic option if you’re already based in New Zealand or in one of Australia’s main cities. Even from Australia, some cities only offer seasonal flights direct to Queenstown for the ski season so check before making plans.